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Activists picketed Interior Ministry on 5th anniversary of Sheremet's death

21.07.2021, 12:18
Photo credits: DArya Kinsha/Suspilne
Photo credits: DArya Kinsha/Suspilne

On July 20, about a hundred activists came to the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kyiv, on the fifth anniversary of the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet, demanding to find real killers of Pavel Sheremet, as Ukrinform reported.

Protesters called to probe thoroughly and to identify those responsible for Sheremet's murder. In particular, to conduct an internal investigation in the National Police and transfer the case to other pre-trial investigation bodies.

The protesters demanded to stop persecuting the accused in the case of the murder of journalist: ATO veteran and musician Andriy Antonenko, pediatric cardiac surgeon Yulia Kuzmenko and military nurse Yana Duhar.

At the end of the action, activists lit fireworks and colored smoke candles outside the Ministry of Internal Affairs building.

As reported by IMI, on July 20, 2021 in the center of Kiev honored the memory of journalist Pavel Sheremet, who died on July 20, 2016 from an explosive planted under his car.

On July 16, Interior Minister Denis Monastyrskyi promised to draw conclusions about the quality of law enforcement in the case of Pavel Sheremet following a court ruling.

“In high-profile proceedings, in particular in the Sheremet case, the case is currently in court. Let's wait for these results, and after that conclusions will be made about the work and quality of the law enforcement system, "he said.

Pavel Sheremet died in Kyiv on July 20, 2016 in a car blast.

On December 12, 2019, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that the National Police had detained and pressed suspicion to those involved in the murder of Pavel Sheremet.

On December 12, Deputy Head of the National Police - Chief of Criminal Police Yevgeny Koval reported that the explosive under the car of journalist Pavel Sheremet was put by the ATO musician and volunteer Andriy Antonenko and doctor and volunteer Yulia Kuzmenko.

The same day, Yevhen Koval said that the investigation considered the main version of the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet was to destabilize the social and political situation in Ukraine.

On 12 December, the editorial staff of “Ukrayinska Pravda” (UP) claimed to be stupefied by the investigative lead into the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet, as “UP” web-based edition reported on its website.

“We welcome the fact that the investigation is underway and the case has not been forgotten. We have to say it frankly, the lead of investigation stupefied us. Actually, we took the information they set out with reserve, ” the UP’s message reads.

On July 23, 2019, Head of the National Police Serhiy Knyazev told that the murder of Pavel Sheremet still remained unsolved.

On July 23, 2019, the head of the National Police, Serhiy Knyazev, reported to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky some classified information about the progress of the investigation into the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet.

On July 23, 2019, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky told that those responsible for the murder of Pavel Sheremet would be found.

In November 2019, Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka told that the detention of the spouses of ATO veterans Vladyslav and Inna Gryschenko was not related to the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet. But, their involvement in the murder of the journalist was to be verified, the same as involvement of other persons.

On April 30, the Shevchenkivskyi District Court of Kyiv changed the measure of restraint for the accused Andriy Antonenko, from custody to 24-hour house arrest.

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